Definition of stridulate
: to make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures —used especially of male insects (such as crickets or grasshoppers)
stridulationplay \ˌstri-jə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
stridulatoryplay \ˈstri-jə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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Stridulate is one member of a word family that has its ancestry in the Latin word stridulus, meaning "shrill." Also in this family is "stridulation," a noun that can either refer to the shrill sound made when an insect stridulates or can simply mean "the act of stridulating." Another "stridulus" word is stridulatory, meaning "able to stridulate" or "used in stridulation." There's also stridulous, meaning "making a shrill creaking sound." "Stridulus" itself comes from "stridere," which is the direct source of the last word we'll mention here. Stridor means "a harsh, shrill, or creaking noise" and also "a harsh vibrating sound heard during respiration in cases of obstruction of the air passages."
Origin and Etymology of stridulate
back-formation from stridulation, from French, high-pitched sound, from Latin stridulus shrill
First Known Use: 1838See Words from the same year
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